3490. Robert Southey to Isabel Southey [fragment],  May *
Wednesday [MS obscured] May.
My dear Isabel
Yesterday I came back from Cambridge, & I have been on my feet from breakfast-time this morning, till this minute, when it is just four o clock, so that I have only time to write a few lines, that you may not be disappointed when the frank is opened. My table is covered with notes & proof-sheets, & I long one day more than another to run [MS missing] to Keswick & be at rest.
My Isabel would you wish me to wear a large wig when I am a Doctor?  & to give you physic every day? & to become very grave & leave off being a comical Pappa? – Or would you rather that I should be as comical as before, & talk about pickles, & give rifflers to you & Kate & Bertha?
Kiss little Cuthbert for me, & tell him that Pappa loves him very much & will soon come back. [remainder of MS missing]
* Address: To/ Isabel Southey
MS: Beinecke Library, Osborn MSS File ‘S’, Folder 14171. AL; 3p.
Dating note: Dating from Southey’s accounts of his movements. He left Cambridge on 30 May 1820; see Southey to Katherine Southey, 28 May 1820, Letter 3486. BACK